Hey all, new SSFIV player here.
I’ve been playing for a few months here and there, and two months ago or so I snagged a Hori real arcade pro EX-SE from ebay for the 360. I’ve been playing matches online more frequently lately, and thought I was doing okay using Abel as my main. I just got the achievement for fighting 100 ranked matches, so out of curiosity I went and checked my win percentage and was disheartened to see that I had only won 28 of my 100 bouts.
I’d like to get better, but there are a few things that I really need to improve on, so hopefully some players here can help me (and other newbs with similar problems). My first issue is an execution one; I, for one reason or another, can’t seem to pull off double hadouken motions in matches very reliably. Some days are worse than others, and I can do them flawlessly over and over again in training, but when it comes down to a real match, I can’t pull off an Ultra 1 with Abel when I really need to (Hadouken spamming Ryu’s, for example), and an EX falling sky comes out instead. Probably just a problem with trying too hard to do it quickly, but any advice would help!
My second major problem is that I’m stupid. Not normally, but in a match, I’ll often find myself jumping in on a downed Shoto who I know with 100% certainty is going to do a wake-up shoryuken and nail me with it, and as I’m sailing through the air with my foot out I’ll ponder as to why I’m such a masochist. I know before jumping that I shouldn’t do it, and call myself an idiot while I’m doing it, and then laughing at myself when I get nailed. Some kind of mental block, I guess, and I doubt people can help, but it’s at times both frustrating and hilarious.
Finally, my last problem doesn’t really relate to Abel, but rather to Shoto characters. I’ve been trying to play as Shotos once in a while on endless, and practicing in training mode I do okay. The major problem I have, though, is that I can’t for the life of me FADC after a shoryuken. Ever. I did it twice with Dan (in an hour of practice), but can’t even cancel the move with Ryu, much less dash out of the focus attack.
For those curious, I main Abel and have ~1400BP and ~700PP on a good day. My win percentage is about 37% or so now, so I still suck, but not as bad as last month. I’m having tons of fun with the game, but would enjoy not sucking so bad.
Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks guys.